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    Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show Friday for the verdict in her show trial by the military junta which seized power three years ago. The Supreme Court postponed its ruling, almost certainly a conviction, and issued an arrest warrant.

    Shinawatra undoubtedly feared the dictatorship's notion of "justice." In the same case the commerce and deputy commerce ministers in her government were sentenced to an astonishing 42 year and 36 years in prison, respectively. Of course, the trial never was fair. It was orchestrated by Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Installed as prime minister at the head of the self-proclaimed National Council for Peace and Order, he is a comic figure highly sensitive to criticism and with delusions of grandeur. But he brooks no opposition.

    He declared himself to have a “democratic heart” while arresting students for making the three-finger salute popularized in the Hunger Games movie. Last year the dictator, who after ousting the elected government composed a song on happiness for his countrymen, brought criminal charges against those who used Facebook to mock his manifold foibles. “They can’t make fun of me” the very unhappy generalissimo declared. To even share or “like” a parody of the great man is deemed illegal. Such is the regime’s vigilance that a 14-year-old boy was arrested in May for alleged lese majeste, a crime often charged against democracy advocates.


    The generalissimo’s determination to stay in power after failing to act on his promise to restore democracy is reflected in the prosecution of Shinawatra in a criminal case involving a pork barrel rice subsidy scheme she implemented after being elected prime minister in 2011. It was bad policy, not illicit corruption, and the junta’s puppet legislature previously used “retrospective impeachment” to convict her of negligence and ban her from politics through 2019.

    However, the dictator obviously remains afraid of the populist movement created by Shinawatra’s brother, Thaksin, who was elected prime minister in 2001, only to be ousted by the military in 2006. Thaksin Shinawatra horrified the urban elite by creating an electoral majority built on strong support among the rural poor. But the military’s post-coup attempt to rig the electoral process against democracy failed. Although Thaksin Shinawatra remained in exile, his party won successive elections, making Yingluck Shinawatra prime minister in 2011. However, Bangkok remained an opposition bastion and her opponents turned out mobs which made the country almost ungovernable.

    Opposition politicians invited a coup, but were shocked when the military refused to turn the country over to them after ousting Yingluck Shinawatra. Generalissimo Chan-ocha preached happiness while jailing his opponents, demanding “attitude adjustments” of those in custody, and employing draconian lese majeste laws against critics and their family members. Last year the junta finally held a rigged referendum on a constitution drafted to ensure continued military dominance over Thai politics. But no elections have yet to be held under that flawed document.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/dougban.../#3be63e4c69a4
    I say boycott Forbes for criticising our glorious leaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    So that's two of these upstarts gone and not returning.

    Things can finally go back to how they were, and always should be.


    Just maybe get rid of a few more of them before allowing democratic elections again, just to be sure.
    Have I missed something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post

    I've met Yingluck.
    Doable?
    I have to say I was quite taken with her, she is a cutie.

    Huge posse of CP goons though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson View Post
    Hooray get out, you corrupt bitch.
    I much prefer living under the Junta.
    An army controlled senate.
    A PM choosen not elected.
    The Shinawatra's have been banished from the feeding trough.
    Whoever rules this fair land it's same same but different.

    Nice graphic from the Bangkok Post here. The crab flees.

    Anyone notice what all three routes have in common?

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    Forbes:
    However, the dictator obviously remains afraid of the populist movement created by Shinawatra’s brother, Thaksin, who was elected prime minister in 2001, only to be ousted by the military in 2006. Thaksin Shinawatra horrified the urban elite by creating an electoral majority built on strong support among the rural poor. But the military’s post-coup attempt to rig the electoral process against democracy failed. Although Thaksin Shinawatra remained in exile, his party won successive elections, making Yingluck Shinawatra prime minister in 2011. However, Bangkok remained an opposition bastion and her opponents turned out mobs which made the country almost ungovernable.


    That's a joke to speak about "creating an electoral majority built on strong support among the rural poor." The "rural poor" just vote for those who they are told to by their village leader, the order enhanced by a banknote into their hand. Who will dare to vote otherwise?

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    Yingluck's done a runner.
    As Barry Norman would say : "And why not"

    Smart girl who obviously still wields sufficient influence to get advance warning of the verdict.

    Gotta feel a bit sorry for the poor north eastern peasants though. Running out of credible leadership options now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir
    Anyone notice what all three routes have in common? jabir is offline Add to jabir's Reputation Report Post
    No, you are the only one to have noticed that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson View Post
    Hooray get out, you corrupt bitch.
    I much prefer living under the Junta.
    An army controlled senate.
    A PM choosen not elected.
    The Shinawatra's have been banished from the feeding trough.
    Whoever rules this fair land it's same same but different.

    Nice graphic from the Bangkok Post here. The crab flees.

    Anyone notice what all three routes have in common?
    They all began in Bangkok?

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    Has she got a Montenegrin passport yet?

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    ^^ The lines are in red, green, and black, a clear reference to pan-Africanism. Uhuru!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson
    Hooray get out, you corrupt bitch.
    I much prefer living under the Junta.
    An army controlled senate.
    A PM choosen not elected.
    The Shinawatra's have been banished from the feeding trough.
    Whoever rules this fair land it's same same but different.

    Nice graphic from the Bangkok Post here. The crab flees.
    Dictatorship and censorship over democracy? Even Thai style. Whats really been cleaned up? The streets? The rich still have no laws and they continue to do as they like.
    Last edited by aging one; 26-08-2017 at 02:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    So that's two of these upstarts gone and not returning.

    Things can finally go back to how they were, and always should be.


    Just maybe get rid of a few more of them before allowing democratic elections again, just to be sure.
    Have I missed something?
    Possibly the sarcasm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
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    Anyone notice what all three routes have in common? jabir is offline Add to jabir's Reputation Report Post
    No, you are the only one to have noticed that.
    Gosh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    Has she got a Montenegrin passport yet?
    it will be interesting to see when the thai one is cancelled

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Smart girl who obviously still wields sufficient influence...
    sufficient enough for becoming a premier...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    What are you wittering on about now Albert?

    I've met Yingluck.

    Have you?
    who hasn't ? met her a few times myself

    Even Issaan paysants got selfies with her, did you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson
    Hooray get out, you corrupt bitch.
    I much prefer living under the Junta.
    An army controlled senate.
    A PM choosen not elected.
    The Shinawatra's have been banished from the feeding trough.
    Whoever rules this fair land it's same same but different.

    Nice graphic from the Bangkok Post here. The crab flees.
    Dictatorship and censorship over democracy? Even Thai style. Whats really been cleaned up? The streets? The rich still have no laws and they continue to do as they like.

    Just add another one to the list of countless forced exiles - politicians, journalists, scholars, activist leaders, etc. over decades.

    Nothing new. And yet, the punditry still are unable to connect the dots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    What are you wittering on about now Albert?

    I've met Yingluck.

    Have you?
    who hasn't ? met her a few times myself

    Even Issaan paysants got selfies with her, did you ?
    As she's always made herself very publicly accessible - so anyone and everyone has made her acquaintance.

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    Last edited by Wilsonandson; 26-08-2017 at 07:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Smart girl who obviously still wields sufficient influence...
    sufficient enough for becoming a premier...
    Becoming premier was her reward for all those years of political work on grass-root level.
    It is nice to see that it's still possible to work ones way up, innit?

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    ^ Yes, despite being a political newbie, more people voted for her than any of the other options. Funny that. What is it about the other parties/candidates that was so unpalatable to the majority?

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    Wonder if hubby and kid did a runner as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post

    Wonder if hubby and kid did a runner as well.
    There seems to be items, including photos of updated currents events, all over the interwebs and social media that suggest that they fled with her.

    Makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    What is it about the other parties/candidates that was so unpalatable to the majority?
    They had wrong family name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
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    What is it about the other parties/candidates that was so unpalatable to the majority?
    They had wrong family name.
    And a wrong account No.

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